WRIA 8 Funding for Salmon Conservation

Crow Marsh The WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council (SRC) annually requests grant proposals for salmon habitat restoration and protection projects, salmon-focused outreach and education programs, and monitoring activities occurring within the WRIA 8 watershed boundaries. Grant funds are available to implement priority projects and programs identified in the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan. The SRC reviews and recommends funding awards from three sources of funding:

Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) Grants

The SRFB and PSAR programs fund habitat restoration and protection projects and planning and monitoring activities focused on Chinook salmon recovery in WRIA 8. Proposals are evaluated and ranked by WRIA 8, and funding recommendations are forwarded to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for consideration and approval.

Proposals for SRFB and PSAR funding share the same application and review process. Grants are administered by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), and projects proposed for funding must meet the criteria and policies outlined in RCO's Manual 18 (Salmon Recovery Grants). Additionally, all proposed projects must be represented on the WRIA 8 Four-Year Work Plan and have a clear link to one or more of WRIA 8's priority recovery strategies.

Eligible Activities: Habitat restoration and acquisition projects located within WRIA 8, planning activities (including project design and assessments and studies related to project development), and monitoring. See RCO Manual 18 for more detail.

Eligible Applicants: Cities, counties, tribes, non-profit organizations, special purpose districts, private landowners, and state agencies.

Available Funding: To be determined, pending state and federal budget processes. We anticipate WRIA 8's SRFB funding for 2018 will be approximately $390,000. The amount of PSAR available is expected to be approximately $1.45 million – note that PSAR funds are for the 2019 – 2021 biennium, meaning these funds will not be available until July 1, 2019, at the earliest.

For both SRFB and PSAR, a matching share of 15% is required. The total amount awarded to riparian habitat and stewardship proposals will not exceed 15% of the total available.

PSAR Large Capital Projects: In this funding cycle we will also solicit projects for the PSAR large capital program. Projects submitted for large capital consideration should be ready to advance as soon as possible following the beginning of the 2019 – 2021 biennium (i.e., July 1, 2019) and request at least $1 million in grant funds. These projects are ranked regionally by a technical review team assembled by the Puget Sound Partnership, and the program carries additional application requirements beyond those for the regular PSAR program. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jason Wilkinson (jason.wilkinson@kingcounty.gov).

Application Period: Opens on January 16, 2018. Pre-applications are to be submitted in RCO's PRISM Online web-based application program by March 30, 2018. Final applications - incorporating changes to respond to Review Panel feedback - will be due in PRISM on August 9, 2018. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to WRIA 8 by February 15, 2018. Complete the notice of intent form linked below and submit it via email to Jason Wilkinson (jason.wilkinson@kingcounty.gov).

Application Process: WRIA 8 staff will create applications in PRISM Online following the notice of intent deadline. By the March 30 pre-application deadline, sponsors must enter enough information in PRISM Online to allow for a technical review of the proposal (see the pre-site visit checklist in Manual 18 for requirements). Sponsors have until August 9 to meet all Manual 18 requirements and respond to comments provided during the pre-application review period. In addition to the requirements of Manual 18, sponsors should submit to WRIA 8 the WRIA 8 supplemental application form by the pre-application deadline. Contact jason.wilkinson@kingcounty.gov for more information.

SRFB/PSAR Grant Resources:

Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program

The King County Flood Control District (FCD) Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grant Program supports priority salmon recovery activities within King County watersheds. Proposals submitted to WRIA 8 for CWM funding are evaluated and ranked by WRIA 8, and funding recommendations are forwarded to the FCD Board of Supervisors for consideration and approval.

Successful proposals for CWM grants are administered by King County. All proposals must be represented on the WRIA 8 Four-Year Work Plan and have a clear link to one or more of WRIA 8's priority recovery strategies.

Eligible Activities: Habitat restoration and acquisition projects, monitoring activities, and outreach and education programs located within the King County portion of WRIA 8.

Eligible Applicants: Cities, towns, special purpose districts, public schools, King County, tribes, state agencies, and non-profit organizations

Available Funding: In 2018, WRIA 8 will award approximately $1.7 million in CWM funds. Funding for monitoring will be limited to $300,000 of the total available and funding for outreach and education will be limited to $96,000 of the total. The total amount awarded to riparian habitat and stewardship proposals will not exceed 15% of the total available for projects. Matching funds are not required, although they are encouraged.

Application Period: Opens on January 16 and closes on April 3, 2018. A notice of intent to apply is due on February 15, 2018. Complete the notice of intent form linked below and submit it via email to Jason Wilkinson (jason.wilkinson@kingcounty.gov).

Application Process: Project sponsors are to submit a completed application form, budget worksheet, and the relevant WRIA 8 supplemental application form - as well as any supplemental materials - by the April 3 application deadline. All application materials are to be submitted via email to jason.wilkinson@kingcounty.gov. Sponsors are encouraged to coordinate with WRIA 8 staff in developing their application. Contact Jason Wilkinson for more information.

CWM Grant Resources: